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RE: How much SOLAR?

Another kinda vague solar question... but it's about the best I can do. If a guy headed to southern Arizona in the winter months and wanted to have enough solar for a TV, travel trailer furnace, lights, to charge a laptop daily, and keep the trailer electronics going.... On average, how many watts would I need? 200 - 300 - 400? I will use 6-volt golf cart batteries. You guys that do it often have some idea on what is needed. Thanks for your help. I have 520 watts with a 1000 watt inverter and we get by pretty good camping in the desert near Quartzsite in January without issue. we run the furnace at night as needed, my wife's CPAP, charge our phones, run the water pump and most any lights we want.
allen8106 11/12/19 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Signing a power of attorney for bank when selling your RV

I have a prospective buyer for my RV and HE is getting a loan thru Southeast Financial. I have complied with all their requests, RV inspection, Purchase Order, now they want me to sign a Power of Attorney giving them control over my title prior to giving me a check. I said I would sign one and hand it over with the title on receipt of the check. They said no check till I sign it. QUESTION. Has anyone done this ? Do I have concern ? ETC. ? It's a standard practice for banks these days. Any other buyer is going to have the same response from their bank if they finance.
allen8106 11/12/19 12:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Club Memberships

The wife and I are just beginning our journey of full timing it. I was curious if anyone had any thoughts/experiences with RV clubs. We will be mostly staying at places on a weekly or monthly basis as well as some boondocking. I am especially curious about harvest hosts and escapees. Any thoughts are appreciated. From what I have seen on multiple YouTube channels and based on what I have read Thousand Trails is a pretty good deal for full timers. The cost per night over the lifetime of the membership is pretty low. The program can be sold and can be willed to your heirs.
allen8106 11/12/19 12:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

Transfer your residency to South Dakota. There's tons of how-to videos on YouTube.
allen8106 10/31/19 10:50am General RVing Issues
RE: More campers than parks

Books your sites sooner like everyone else.
allen8106 10/31/19 10:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Home Storage

I wouldn't risk it.
allen8106 10/31/19 10:46am Beginning RVing
RE: New AC problem

I thought the same thing about the thermostat, but I'm not a HVAC person. I would also wonder if the A/C vent is blowing on the thermostat causing erratic behavior. This happens in our bedroom. The AC vents out 3 sides. If I don't close the one on the side that vents towards the T-stat then it cycles needlessly.
allen8106 10/31/19 10:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Netflix forces newer TVs

My Hulu account said that my smart TV operating system was no longer supported and as such I couldn't view Hulu on my smart TV any longer. As a work around I cast Hulu from my iPhone to the TV via the house router and a Chromecast device plugged into the back of the TV.
allen8106 10/30/19 10:28am Technology Corner
RE: Pig tail propane tank connector hoses.

I've gotten 8 years out of my replacements and still going.
allen8106 10/30/19 10:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

OK, so I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's not the hot water heater. But maybe the propane tank pigtails. When our 5th wheel was two years old we had an issue with the furnace not running. An old guy camping a few slots down from me suggested swapping out the propane tank pigtails. He gave me an old used one he had and what do ya know the dang thing fired right off. Once I got home I changed both propane tank pigtails out for new ones and haven't had a problem since. The pigtails have a high flow shut off valve in them that causes the propane flow to shut off in the event of a catastrophic failure. These high flow valves can and will go bad.
allen8106 10/29/19 11:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

I bought my diesel for one reason only, towing power. I don't care about the payback. As far I'm concerned it already paid me back in spades because I can now make a 1000 mile trip to Mesa, AZ and use the cruise control 75% of the time vs. none of the time with my 6.0L Vortec. It tows up the hills and brakes me down the hills 10 times better than the 6.0L Vortec ever did.
allen8106 10/28/19 01:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Brake fluid change?

I've never changed the brake fluid in any vehicle I've owned in 45 years of owning cars/trucks and have never had an issue that I'm aware of.
allen8106 10/25/19 12:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Xantrex Truecharge2 Reliability?

The company I work for buys Xantrex by the hundreds and have had consistent reliability issues with them. We are currently working with a new supplier to redesign our systems to be able to install the new supplier inverter.
allen8106 10/25/19 12:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Urgent Need of Advice re Winterizing!

If you blow everything out, and run the pump dry, you should be okay inside a barn. Big difference between temp of 25, and 10. I am thinking inside the barn should stay considerably warmer than out door temp. An electric heater inside should protect pipes. If you are sure of the small amount in tanks, they should survive too, as long as you are in the barn. This is just an opinion, don't call me if everything freezes solid. :) Jerry Not sure where you got the idea he was in a barn!! You are correct, sorry. I missed that! "I will be running a small electric heater inside the unit which should help keep the temp inside above freezing, and the TT will be parked inside a barn out of the wind." Reading comprehension starts by reading entire OP Jerry
allen8106 10/11/19 11:21am Tech Issues
RE: What good are low point drains?

Low point drains are intended to allow you to drain all the water out of the fresh water system. Regardless if your rig is supposed to be good down to 0 degrees I doubt if the system is left for months in freezing temps the water system would survive. The fact it is good down to 0 degrees likely means with you living in it and running some heat. Shut that heat off and as soon as the rig cools below 32 degrees things are going to start freezing including your water system, something you don't want to deal with.
allen8106 10/11/19 11:20am Tech Issues
RE: rolled MH onto the side - and the towed

If it was already declared "totaled" that means the adjuster has already determined the repair would exceed 70-75% of the vehicles value (depends on company policy). Yes, it will be reported to CarFax and any other reporting service at this point, since it has already been evaluated by an adjuster. You will be provided the option to "buy back" your car at salvage value. If you take this option, salvage value will simply be deducted from your settlement value (book value minus any outstanding lien payments) and you will end up with a branded title. You do not get diminished value unless it was determined "repairable' (i.e. non totaled). He said the MH was totaled not the car. It's the car he's asking about.
allen8106 10/10/19 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Urgent Need of Advice re Winterizing!

If you blow everything out, and run the pump dry, you should be okay inside a barn. Big difference between temp of 25, and 10. I am thinking inside the barn should stay considerably warmer than out door temp. An electric heater inside should protect pipes. If you are sure of the small amount in tanks, they should survive too, as long as you are in the barn. This is just an opinion, don't call me if everything freezes solid. :) Jerry Not sure where you got the idea he was in a barn!!
allen8106 10/10/19 10:55am Tech Issues
RE: Fresh Water Tank Drain

My drain is within reach from the side of the rig and is a quarter turn valve which I can turn using a pliers. Crawling under is a pain but one would only have to do it once per year to winterize (in our part of the world). Same.
allen8106 10/10/19 10:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

Personally, I wouldn't do that trip with any gasser. We towed a 10,500 lb 5th wheel to California and back with a 2011 GMC 2500 6.0L and traded it for a diesel a year later. As previously mentioned, i hated towing over the mountains with that gasser.
allen8106 10/09/19 11:21am Towing
RE: 5th wheel with largest tanks

I'm considering pulling my current fresh water and replacing it with a larger tank. FYI, you all realize most fresh water tank capacities include the hot water heater!! Read the fine print.
allen8106 10/09/19 10:50am Fifth-Wheels
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